Friday, December 29, 2006
Next day I did the same and thankfully it must have been a malfunction as this time- same hill , same amount of puff- I got a much more sensible reading of 155!.
I'm gonna have fun with this!!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
These pics are going so well tonight thought I'd better make the most of it! Can you see the familiar purple hat? This is the run un Jacob's ladder! I've had that hat for about 8 years. It's starting to crumble around the peak but it's a hat I love and cannot replace!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Concert is over and it went well but not without all the usual hitches that always go with school concerts. Next big hurdle is Graduation on Thursday. That means lots of organisation and talks etc etc etc. Reports are finished and so the year will gradually wind down. phew- wish it had already.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Had a good night on Saturday - went to the staff night out. I sometimes go but not always but as this will be my last thought I'd better make an effort. Do you ever find that the things you really are not looking forward to often turn out the best? Why is this???
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
ahh- I'm getting good at this now! I think this blog is very temperamental and does what it want just when it wants to!
Anyway- this is me in Kings Park- a truly lovely park with heaps of running and cycling tracks and so close to the city.
Last night had my first 'race walk' lesson. Just a short one with homework to get my' technique '( such as it is!) perfected!!! Lots of fun but my co ordination is really crap!
Finally got this one published!!! I'll try for the next one too. This is Jacobs ladder- all of 274 steps ( about that anyway). It's amazingly steep too. Half way up my fingers started to tingle!!!!! I stopped running for a flight or two then started up again. Ran more than walked but puffed like mad for a while when I got to the top!!
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I've tried to download some pics to put on here but blogger doesn't seem to want to play at the moment so will try a bit later. Kerryn- we need to lobby for our own Jacob's Ladder here in Melb! If you don't know what it is the pic will explain all- it's pure torture!!!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I've had a day off work today to go to the dentist and sports remedial person. What a difference it makes to getting up in the morning!! I'm so looking forward to next year- my time of teaching has certainly reached its 'used by date'!!. Everytime I log onto here I check out my site meter. I feel loved:))))) hahahah
Monday, October 09, 2006
I had a really bad attack of the munchies tonight:(( eventually satisfied the cravings with a cooked banana, lowfat ice cream ( is there really such a thing???) and diet chocolate topping. I guess it's got to be better for me than the block of chocolate I would have previously consumed in my bad old days!!. Has anyone noticed the site counter on here???? Please give me a pat on the back- that was a mighty effort to get it there!!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I promise I am NOT going to give a day by day account of my diet but I am pleased at how disciplined I've become!!. Maybe not totally great but at least a bit more ordered. If I haven't written down that I'm going to eat something then I find I can say no to it. So- no biscuits, no chocolate, no lollies. I go out for lunch every Thursday and usually have the same thing ( I know- very boring) but this time I wrote down the salad roll and only HALF a caramel slice! I actually gave the other half away cos I didn't really trust myself. Now if that aint improvement I don't know what is. And while I'm patting myself on the back I can boast about the swimming I did tonight. whooweee- way to go! I don't enjoy swimming cos I really can't do it but I wrote it down and so before I knew it I was in the pool!!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Oh bliss! Oh wonderful wonderful bliss!!! A coffee and toast for breakfast! Gone is the caffeine withdrawal headache!! Day 3 now and still fairly good with eating. Did go out for a pizza with husband and daughter but that was the only bad thing I had. Lost a kg overnight according to the scales at the gym! Love those scales.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Started on my own challenge today and for the first time in ages I had a good eating day! Day 1 a success!! Also went to gym and did a workout. Took it pretty easy as my hip gets really sore, Not sure what is going on there but impact stuff really doesn't help it
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
I've decided this has been one of the best school holidays that I've had! Working in that office has meant that I haven't had two weeks in which to do all the school work I need to do. Friday and saturday I put head down and bum up and really got stuck into it and lo and behold!!! I've just about done everything! So......now I can enjoy the next couple of days finishing off the filing stuff and then we ( husband and I) are heading northward a bit ( 3 nights worth) and having a bit of luxury staying somewhere and just getting away from everything. Then it's back for a 12 week stint and then I'm FINISHED!! for good!!! How great does that feel??
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Ran again today (6kms) and ooooohhh a bit sore afterwards but still walking and talking so I must be ok. Had a bit of a 'shop' after that. Working in an office is an expensive business! Track pants or jeans just don't cut it with the office environment! Bought a couple of tops to go with my half decent black pants. I wore high heeled boots on Wed and Thurs and oh the joy of getting out of them and putting on the runners!! Such joy! Such bliss!!!
Friday, September 22, 2006
I went to gym Wednesday evening with my daughter and did a walk and some weights. It's been a while since I've done that! It was great to be back but I took it carefully. Went to a yoga class after that with Catherine ( daughter) and Mel (daughter in law) that was lovely and relaxing. I'm paying for it today though- quite stiff and sore. It doesn;t take long to get creaky bits it seems!
I'm really enjoying the filing but a day off today was extra great! It also gave me a chance to do some school prep. With last term looming the work load increases. All that stuff I should have done in term 1 won't wait anymore!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Right!! back on track now- ran this morning - without having to hold my side or lean frantically to one side. The lungs did lurch about a bit though- I think they are out of practice. Anyway I now can exercise a bit more normally so that is good. Now- although it's holidays for me I am actually going to work as a filing girl tomorrow and the next day etc etc etc. Can't wait- I love doing different things.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
well I'm on holidays now and it's a time of reckoning I reckon! I'm going to plan my meals and exercise a week at a time. I think I need to find some low fat sweet snacks cos that is my downfall. I don't like eating big meals but rather snack throughout the day. That's fine but not if what I'm snacking on is chocolate and biscuits!. I've made a 'diary' for the school fitness people for next term so I'm planning on trying it out on myself over the next two weeks. it just is a record of what is eaten and exercise done.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Went to dr today and got results back- fractured rib and chest infection. Guess I have to be a bit careful here. On the good side- he did say that mild exercise was good as it would make me take deeper breaths. At least that's what I think he said or wanted him to say perhaps! Went to gym last night and walked on treadmill for 25mins but not at usual speed. Guess something is better than nothing. One more sleep till the holidays- yipeeeee!!
Monday, September 11, 2006
Well at least I know what is going on! Had the x-rays and bone scan and it looks like a fractured rib! The x-rays came back clear but the dr said the bone scan showed a fracture. I guess I'm glad it's something like that cos that at least will heal. I have to be careful for a number of weeks so I think I'll be restricted to just slowish walking. I think I'd better make a supreme effort with my diet. The school holidays are a week away so that is good- at least I get the chance to rest a bit. damn!!!!
Friday, September 08, 2006
well- it's Friday and I've done NOTHING except sit on my fat backside all week and eat!! Well not literally but I haven;t done any exercise to speak of. The pain in my rib has been really awful and even normal breathing is an effort and painful. My mother in law is in hospital with pneumonia so that has meant we haven't got home til about 8.30 each night. On Thursday I was called up for jury selection- had a wonderful day! Sat and waited- did the cross word, read, drank tea and finished off some jigsaw puzzles. I think I might offer myself as a professional jury selectee!!! However all that doesn't help me get any fitter or flatter! Tomorrow I'm walking so maybe this will be a new more successful and disciplined week for me.
Monday, September 04, 2006
I seem to spend more of my time trying to fix up all these body parts than I do in making them fit and healthy! Went to physio on Friday and again today. Feeling quite a lot better but then I did hit the neurofen too and that appears to be a bit of a wonder drug! One of the main problems with taking it is that I safe guard my stomach by eating chocolate. This does seem to help the stomach ache factor but also seems to help the fat factor too! I've got lots of stretches and stuff to do. I guess I need to concentrate on getting all my bits fixed before I put them under pressure.
Had a good/bad day yesterday. In the morning went to my mum and dads unit with my sisters to sort more things out. That was rather sad. Then baby sat our two lovely granddaughters for a couple of hours. That was the good part.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Finally got back to the gym last night. Had a very light workout and then yoga. Felt pretty good after that. Today went for a walk in the morning- slow pace and not far and then in the afternoon ran the staff fitness at school. I don't really do the circuit although I do bounce around a bit and demonstrate the exercises. Well..... felt a bit sore in the neck and hip after that. Damn! It's about time these aches and pains left me. I'm going to get a massage next week if I get around to organising it. I feel as though I need to go on a stretching rack or something. I really enjoy the staff fitness classes. It's almost as though they are the best part of my week. I'm going on long service leave at the end of this year until May 29th and then most probably ( definitely!!) going to resign ( retire). I'm hoping to get into the fitness industry in some shape or form. Just hope I have the confidence to pursue it!
Monday, August 28, 2006
well.... what I was actually trying to do was put on a couple of pics of how I was just over a week ago. Obviously I've had a couple of techno probs! lol . now- were YOU wearing SHORTS this time last week? Not down here in sunny Melb thats for sure. I was on holiday in Port Douglas- and I wish I was still there!!!
I went up to Shepparton yesterday to support my friend doing the marathon. It was great! I got a lot of vicarious pleasure in that! I ran with her at about the 23km mark for about 3 ks and then again at the 38km mark until the end. She said it helped her and I really enjoyed doing it. It's the closest I'll ever get to doing a marathon! However.........ouch.....my hip was so sore afterwards! Today it seems a lot better. Went for a walk tonight- but a slow one.Lol- and then out for coffee and dessert afterwards.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Yesterday I walked for about 50 mins with a friend- it was really nice to catch up with her. She's going in the marathon at Shepparton on Sunday ( the one where I was going to do the half marathon!!) I'm going up there anyway to be a bit of a support for her if I can.
My hip was quite sore after the walking and again today. I sat all day and was really stiff around my neck and hip. Took the staff fitness this afternoon and prob did more that I should have- and now paying for it. I'm tired of my body
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
walked again today- this time managed to find the time for 50 mins. Did a couple of hills so I felt this probably does me more good. My eating was really good until later in the day when I sort of fell apart! Never mind- at least for half a day I was good! There is always tomorrow.
Monday, August 21, 2006
yesterday ( Sunday) and today - I walked for 40 mins each day. I walk fast so hopefully it will be doing me some good. I am so tempted to run- it's far more interesting and you get places quicker!! However I put in some hills so that made me puff a bit.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I've just come back from 3 weeks holiday in Port Douglas. Unfortunately just before I went I realised that I wouldn't be able to do the half marathon:(( my anke was playing up ( achilles) and so was my hip (old injury) I entered for the 10k instead, However after these holidays I've decided not to go in that either!!! I hurt my upper back and it still is rather stiff and also my hip was really sore again after a trial run. aggghhhh- these injuries are such a pain!! I'm going to concentrate on walking, walking walking with the occasional run ( 3-5km) its such a shame but I still want to be able to do stuff when I am really old!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
ran 9 km this morning. It wasn't too bad but that's all I had time for. Went to the conference in at Melb Uni. Did a circuit workshop which was really more of a workout than an instruction and then a pilates with bands class which was terrific. At least I did do some exercise today!!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I don't think I'm doing nearly enough exercise to train for this half marathon- but maybe the next month will see a dramatic increase! Went to the gym on Wednesday again- did 25 mins on the treadmill ( 4 min circuits with increasing demand) then 10 mins on the rower. Had a leg workout but not much else and then a yoga class which was loooovvvverrrrly!!
Saturday I need to do a shortenend run again as I'm going to the conference this weekend to learn some more fitness stuff. I'll try to run the 9k at least
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Finally made it to gym on Wednesday. Only had a shortish time to work out before going to yoga. Went on treadmill for 10 mins ( walk and run- but fast!!) then rower for 10. After that did leg work out and finally yoga. I'm quite stiff today and I think it's that rower! It nearly killed me and it was only 10 mins!!!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Did the 9k run and 9k run/walk. Ran with a friend who had ( the day before) run 41k for her marathon training. She was nice and slow! It was great doing it with her- made the time pass quickly and I did really well. Could have continued on longer. Knee and hip seem to be quite good too.
Next Saturday is 9k run and 12k walk/run. After that I'm going to cut back on the length - 6k run and 6k ru/walk and increase the speed or time of running. Hope this works. At the moment I'm a bit hit or miss with this training but at least it's a start. I'll see how it turns out.
Hope to get to gym maybe tomorrow morning but def tomorrow night.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I started this week really well, especially as it was the first day back after the holidays. Went to gym at 6am and ran/walked on treadmill for 25mins then did some leg work. Also went in evening to a cardio/circuit class. Unfortunately thats been about all this week! A short and slowish walk at school on Tues and school circuit in afternoon - which isn't really a work out for me. Tonight I went out for dinner instead of gym with my daughter and tomorrow night out for dinner too:(((((
Saturday I'm going to run 9km and walk/run 9km. I better start drinking lots of water as that seems to help. Diet hasn't been as bad this week as usual.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
I did the run/walk thing like I said I was going to- very pleased with myself cos it really was a slog! There was a group of anglers with their barby going at 7am and the delicious smell of sausages and onions (so cruel!!) Each time I passed them they yelled out encouragement and promised a 'sanger'. One lap of the lake they actually met me at a junction with the 'sanger'!! Spoke to them after and they were really nice ( Didn;t have the eats- I never eat sausages, eggs or bacon- just enjoy the aroma!)
Their encouragement did help though and did a lot to relieve the boredom!
I think I'll try and keep 9km as the base run and just extend the run/walk. It was interesting that it took me the same time to run 9 and run/walk 3 as it did to run 6 and run/walk 6km!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Been a bit slack I feel. We went to Sydney on Sunday to Tuesday. Ran around Circular Quay and Botanical gardens. It was lovely but I was really stuffed after a short time! Went to gym Wed night and ran 6kms ( mostly ran) on treadmill- but it was hard! The half marathon is looking more like a marathon from this angle at the moment!!!
Saturday I plan to run 9km and walk/run 6km. That's 5 times around the lake. A bit boring but I think achievable. However after my form this week I'm not sure of anything!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
I'm on holidays so I do tend to overdo it a bit - all in one day!
Haven't gone to the gym today but went for about 1 1/2 hr walk with friends this morning. It was very slow though.
Eating has been disastrous- enough said on that.
Going to run/walk 12k on Saturday. I'll run the first 6k then run/walk the last 6. It's going to take me ages!!!!
Monday, June 19, 2006
I'm on holidays for the next two weeks so full of good intentions! Didn't quite make it to the gym yesterday- I think I was just destined to run from one appointment to the other! Today I got up early and hit the gym. Did 30 mins cardio- MADE myself not do it all on the treadmill- did rowing and cycling as well. Then leg work with lots of squats and balances and of course stretching. My knee has been a bit sore so I do need to keep up with the leg exercises as they do seem to help. Went shopping today and bought lots of fresh veges and fruit. Unfortunately I do that quite a lot and then end up throwing them out!! Never mind- holiday time gives a bit more time top prepare. Might go to the gym for a class later- after afternoon tea with the girls!!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Went running on Saturday morning and intended to run/walk 10kms. Did a 2 minute walk and then started running. Kept on running and running and in the end thought that I might as well run the whole 10km - which I did! Glad I could do it as it's been a while since I ran that distance. It gives me a good base to work up to 21kms. Not really sure the best way to approach this training. I need to increase my distance but I know if I do too much I'll just get my knee hurting again. I'll keep building and doing more walks with the running- although I do find that once I start I really don't want to stop and walk!!
Did a body balance class today which was good and tomorrow hoping to get to the gym early for a workout. I do need to look at my diet though- it's dismal:((
Monday, June 12, 2006
Felt good at the end of it though. Next week I need to do 10km the same way. Also went for a 24km bike ride after that. It was great!
This week I need to do another 5km run and an aerobic session of run/walk. Writing it on here might keep me honest!
Eating hasn't been too flash though:(((